On the set: 'Date Night'
Times Square can be an insane place. Blaring taxi horns. Wailing ambulance sirens. Thousands of giddy tourists. Now add camera operators, lighting rigs, and stars Steve Carell and Tina Fey, and you’ve got a recipe for, well, one of the biggest movies of next spring, Date Night (out April 9). ”Shooting on the streets of New York is always a logistical challenge,” says the action comedy’s director, Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum), ”but it’s also totally electric. The crew feels it, the actors feel it. It was total chaos. And in the middle of it all were Steve and Tina.” That’s right, in Date Night, The Office‘s Carell and 30 Rock‘s Fey share more than just their Thursday nights on NBC: They’re a married couple in a rut who decide to venture into the Big Apple to spice things up. But of course things get a bit too spicy, like when they find themselves on the run from dirty cops on 42nd Street in the scene being shot here. As much as Levy and his stars fed off the energy of the location, it also provided its share of unscripted moments. ”New Yorkers are not intimidated by film crews,” says Carell. ”At one point, a guy walked up and decided to become a part of the scene and actually started walking with us and exchanging improvised dialogue. New York is unique in that way. There’s less of a reverence for show business, which is probably healthy in a way, but much tougher for a production crew.”
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